Only in America
▪ A Republican congressman blamed “female senators from the Northeast” for his party’s struggles to repeal Obamacare, and said he wished he could challenge them to a duel. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) said that if three female Republican senators were men, he would ask them to “step outside and settle this Aaron Burr–style,” a reference to the gun duel that killed Alexander Hamilton.
▪ A White County, Tenn., judge is reducing prison inmates’ sentences by 30 days if they agree to undergo vasectomies or get birth control implants. Judge Sam Benningfield said he hopes the policy will encourage “personal responsibility” and prevent released inmates from being “burdened with children.” So far, 38 male and 32 female inmates have agreed. The ACLU says the deal is “unconstitutional.” ■